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                                           THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                                                                
                     The opinion in support of the decision being entered today (1)                                                                                                    
                     was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is                                                                                                       
                     not binding precedent of the Board.                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                 Paper No. 25                                          

                                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                                               
                                                      BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                                               
                                                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                                                             
                                                                   Ex parte HORST MERCHEL                                                                                              
                                                                     Appeal No. 1997-3483                                                                                              
                                                                   Application 08/254,5751                                                                                             
                                                                                  ON BRIEF                                                                                             

                     Before FLEMING, LALL and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                                     
                     LALL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                                                

                                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                             
                                This is an appeal from the final rejection  of claims 20                                  2                                                            
                     to 28.                                                                                                                                                            
                                The disclosed invention pertains to a pledge card for                                                                                                  

                                1Application for patent filed June 6, 1994.                                                                                                            
                                2 An amendment after final [paper no. 15] was filed and                                                                                                
                     its entry approved [paper no. 16], however, it did not make                                                                                                       
                     any changes to the claims.                                                                                                                                        

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